Vance Warns Summer Travelers of Carjacking Risks

July 13, 2005

Vance, a global investigation and security firm, has released travel safety tips for summer travel.

The summer months include the busiest travel days of the year and
consequently, summer is reportedly one of the worst seasons for travel security and safety. With thousands of cars on the road traveling to and from picnics, beaches and vacations, holiday travelers reportedly need to heighten their awareness to protect themselves against becoming victims of a carjacking.

According to the latest statistics available from the U.S. Department of Justice, there are approximately 35,000 carjackings annually.

Statistically, a traveler’s chances of being a carjack victim are low; however, preventive actions can reduce risk even more. While it is impossible to completely guarantee safety in every situation, there are reportedly many steps that an individual can take to decrease the likelihood of becoming a victim of a carjacking.

Staying alert and being aware of your surroundings during the holiday are the first steps to reduce risk. In addition, the following practical tips can help travelers enjoy a safe and secure holiday travel experience.

First, travelers need to be aware of areas used by carjackers: intersections controlled by lights or stop signs, garages and parking lots, self-service gas stations, ATMs, and highway exits and entry ramps. Travelers should also:

* Approach their cars with keys in hand and look inside before getting in;
* Be cautious of people asking for directions;
* Keep doors locked and windows rolled up;
* Leave room for maneuvering around other cars when coming to a stop;
* Drive in the center lane when possible;
* Park in well-lighted areas and avoid parking next to dumpsters, wooded areas, and large trucks;
* Call for help instead of stopping to assist strangers whose vehicles have broken down.

Victims of a carjacking also reportedly should not argue. They should give up their cars, get away from the area as soon as possible and contact the police immediately.

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